Former departments

Physiology of Cognitive Processes
Nikos K. Logothetis
The departments mission is to understand the neural basis underlying conscious perception. Using the auditory and visual sensory modalities as models, we investigate where sensory objects are encoded in the brain, how they are represented by neuronal activity; and how this representation is shaped by learning. more
Human Perception, Cognition & Action
Heinrich H. Bülthoff
The department is concerned with the fundamental processes of human perception. The primary focus is how the information from different sense organs is integrated to create a consistent representation of the “world in our heads”. more
Empirical Inference
Bernhard Schölkopf
Now at the MPI for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen Campus
The problems studied in the department can be subsumed under the heading of empirical inference. This term refers to inference performed on the basis of empirical data. more
Comparative Neurobiology
Kuno Kirschfeld
The main research interests of the department were the primary processes and photo transduction in the photoreceptors of insects, physiological optics, visual pigments and the ion regulation in the nervous system. more
Neurophysiology of Insect Behavior
Karl Georg Götz
The research in the department focused on the optomotoric reactions and the neural basics of the orientation of Drosophila. more


In Memoriam

Information Processing in Insects
Werner Reichhardt
The departments research focused on the processing of information in the nervous system of Drosophila and helped clarify vision in motion. more
Structure & Function of Natural Nerve-Net
Valentino Braitenberg
The research in this department was based on the combination of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with brain theory, with the aim to understand mechanisms of brain functions. more
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